For months we have been hearing about a possible sequel to Eddie Murphy’s classic romantic comedy film “Coming to America” and today we have a definitive answer that the project will move forward. According to Variety, Paramount Pictures is moving forward with Jonathan Levine on board to direct from a script by “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris.
Barris will rewrite from a screenplay by original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. “Murphy is involved with the development of the sequel,” but no word on if he and Arsenio Hall will return to reprise their roles.
The original movie was directed by John Landis, with “Eddie Murphy playing Akeem Joffer, the crown prince of the fictional African nation of Zamunda, who comes to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry. The film spawned a brief U.S. television spin-off series.”
“Coming to America” was the highest earning film that year for Paramount Pictures and the third-highest-grossing film at the United States box office.
No further news was provided in terms of casting, when production will begin or a possible release date.